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Ex-Conn. Baseball Coach Dies

September 9, 1998

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Larry Panciera, who coached Connecticut baseball for nearly two decades, has died after long illness. He was 76.

Panciera, of Westerly, R.I., died Tuesday at a Manchester convalescent home.

He compiled a 297-160-5 record as coach from 1962-1979 and was named NCAA New England coach of the year six times. His final team won a school-record 31 games, the ECAC Division I New England Championship and the NCAA Northeast Regional title. In 18 years as coach, 40 of his players signed pro contracts.

Panciera started at Connecticut in 1950 as a freshman football coach. Two years later, he became an assistant to baseball coach J.O. Christian and replaced Christian as coach in 1962. He also was assistant athletic director before retiring in 1980.

Panciera, born Oct. 11, 1921 in Westerly, Conn., was in the Army during World War II, then played baseball and football at Rhode Island.

He is survived his wife, Frances, two sons, three brothers and five grandchildren.

A funeral was scheduled Saturday at St. Clare’s Church in Misquamicut, R.I.

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Memorial contributions can be made to the Lawrence R. Panciera Scholarship Fund, c-o University of Connecticut Foundation, 2131 Hillside Road, U-206, Box 552, Storrs, CT 06268-0552.

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